The Cookeville High School boys golf team won the CHS Early Bird Tournament for the second consecutive year on Monday, Aug.12. after shooting a 298.
Sophomore Luke Caldwell led the effort for the Cavaliers, shooting a tournament-low 72. Cumberland County’s Jaxon Reed took home second place individually after falling in a tenth-hole playoff between himself and Caldwell. Reed carded a 72 as well.
“(Luke’s) been an outstanding player since he was a freshman,” CHS Head Coach Larry Pitts said. “Anytime you can throw a score in the 70s out, that’s a big bonus. That’s a luxury that we have.”
The Cavaliers won’t just go as Caldwell goes however, as four other players shot in the 70s for CHS. Junior Seth Clayton shot a 74, Freshman Joseph Agee carded a 75, while Senior Ethan Vanstratum and Freshman Jakob Smith rounded out the team with a 77 and a 79, respectively.
“Some teams will have one player that shoots 68,69, but then you’ll have a couple players shoot in the 80s,” Pitts said. “If we can do this and have four in the 70s, we’re going to have to shoot like that to have a shot.”
A win like this in your own tournament could be seen as a boost to a team’s morale or confidence. It’s a win that could jump-start a good streak for a team, and that is exactly what Pitts is hoping it does.
“It’s great for them because by having a young team, it gives them a little confidence boost,” Pitts said. “These freshmen coming up are not always sure they can play with these other guys…they’re learning right now that we can compete as a team, and it gives them a boost.”
The season rolls on and after an off-day on Tuesday, the Cavaliers will be back on the course to practice for their next tournament.
“Wednesday, we will go out for practice and identify what each individual did good and what they did bad,” Pitts said. “We’re going to work on that…we just try to address stuff after each match. You always have to identify what you did bad, but you’ve also got to identify what you did well.”